Hendon triumph in second battle of Hastings
PUBLISHED: 17:46 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:46 17 April 2013
Hendon maintained their strong finish to the season by completing a quickfire double over an indisciplined Hastings side as they won 2-0 on an eventful night at Vale Farm.
Relegation-threatened United had a total of four men sent off – one before even setting foot on the pitch – as they succumbed to goals from Lee O’Leary and Isaiah Rankin.
A number of Hastings players and officials were delayed by traffic problems and their mood was not helped when they fell behind on 21 minutes, Jack Connors setting up O’Leary to rifle a 20-yard shot past Daniel East.
Hastings had opportunities, but they could not find a way past the Greens defence and lost their way completely in the final 15 minutes.
Substitute Jamie Crellin was red-carded as he prepared to come on, following a dispute with the linesman – who had informed the Hastings player he was wearing the wrong coloured undershorts.
Danny Ellis saw a straight red for a studs-high challenge on Kevin Maclaren and he was followed down the tunnel by Tom Vickers, whose dissent earned him a second booking.
Player-manager Sean Ray was told to leave the dugout for his comments to the referee – and, back on the pitch, Howard Hall set up Rankin to slot home a second goal in the final minute of stoppage time.
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